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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to E. Central & E. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

M. Thulin. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1–4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb, 40–100 cm tall; stem erect
Morphology Leaves
Lower leaves petiolate, oblong, 50–120 x 15–40 mm, pinnatifid with 1–2 small lateral segments 2–10 mm long, obtuse, crenate, with broadly ovate to rounded base, glandular-pubescent; upper leaves sessile, oblong or oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, with truncate or subcordate base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a lax raceme, bracts acuminate, densely glandular-pubescent; fruiting pedicels 10–25 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-lobes 5–7.5 mm long, oblong-linear, entire, glandular-pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla yellow, 22–28 mm in diam., glabrous outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4; filaments densely bearded, anterior (lower) anthers about twice as long as posterior (upper) ones, 1.5–2 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ovoid, glabrous; style 6–10 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 5–6.5 mm long and 4–5 mm wide.

[FTEA]

Scrophulariaceae, S.A. Ghazanfar, F.N. Hepper & D. Philcox. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2008

Type
Type: Tanzania, Kilimanjaro [Kilimandscharo], Meyer 286 (B†, holo.). Neotype: Tanzania, Kilimanjaro, SE of Bismark hut, Bigger 2012 (K!, chosen here)
Morphology General Habit
Biennial herb, somewhat woody at the base, 0.6–2.5 m high.
Morphology Stem
Stems almost glabrous to densely floccose, often tinged deep red
Morphology Leaves
Lower leaves petiolate, petiole 1–2.5 cm long; blade simple or occasionally with small pinnate lobes on the petiole, oblonglanceolate, 3–12 cm long, 1.5–4 cm wide, obtuse to acute, truncate at the base, ± glabrous or pubescent above, pubescent or floccose beneath, margins biserrate; upper leaves ± sessile, sometimes with base clasping
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence simple or sparingly branched; bracts lanceolate, 3–5(–12) mm long, sessile, serrate; pedicels in fruit 1.3–2.5 cm long, ± glandular-pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx deeply divided, 5–6 mm long in fruit, 2/3 as long as the mature capsule
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla yellow with purple streaks at centre, about 2 cm diameter
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens reddish-purple bearded; anthers orange; style purplish
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, 6–8 mm, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds striate
Figures
Fig 3, p 15
Ecology
Margins of upland forest and rocky montane grassland; 1200–3600(–4100) m
Conservation
Least Concern (LC); common and widespread
Note
This is an extremely variable species; field studies would be necessary to study the morphological variations (if constant) amongst populations. With the material that I (S.A.G.) have studied, it is difficult to recognise the species (and even less the infraspecific ranks) that have been described around this species.
Distribution
Range: Congo-Kinshasa, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia Flora districts: U1 U2 U3 K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 T2 T3 T6

[FTEA]
Use
An important medicinal herb whose dried leaves mixed with water are used to prevent (cure) kwashiorkor and fresh leaves used to help with afterbirth.

Native to:

Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Rhabdotosperma brevipedicellata (Engl.) Hartl appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 1, 2005 Bigger, M. [2012], Tanzania Verbascum brevipedicellatum K000411056 neotype
Fries, R.E. [458], Kenya Verbascum brevipedicellatum K000411057

First published in Beitr. Biol. Pflanzen 53: 58 (1977)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Fischer, E. (1999). Flore d'Afrique Centrale (Zaire-rwanda-Burundi), Scrophulariaceae: 1-217. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique.
  • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Fischer, E. (1999). Flore d'Afrique Centrale (Zaire-rwanda-Burundi), Scrophulariaceae: 1-217. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique.

Flora of Somalia
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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